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12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Our first stop was the town of Visby on the Island of Gotland in the Baltic sea, owned by Sweden. We walked about 20 minutes into town and explored the medieval streets for a few hours. We also found a great coffee shop with excellent ... Read More
Our first stop was the town of Visby on the Island of Gotland in the Baltic sea, owned by Sweden. We walked about 20 minutes into town and explored the medieval streets for a few hours. We also found a great coffee shop with excellent cake! The weather threatened rain most of the time and then delivered as we were walking back but nice to have seen the place for a few hours. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We walked into town which turned out to be quite a hike. Not much to see or do. Returned somewhat disappointed.
We walked into town which turned out to be quite a hike. Not much to see or do. Returned somewhat disappointed. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This is no longer a tender port, as we were expecting, as they have built a jetty for cruise ships. It is a charming, low key holiday island, and Visby itself has an attractive old town.
This is no longer a tender port, as we were expecting, as they have built a jetty for cruise ships. It is a charming, low key holiday island, and Visby itself has an attractive old town. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Visby unfortunately was a veeeery short stop, all on board was 12:30 or so, and due to very rainy weather we stayed on board.
Visby unfortunately was a veeeery short stop, all on board was 12:30 or so, and due to very rainy weather we stayed on board. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was an interesting stop. We learned a lot about the Vikings & the Hanseatic League. The wall around Visby is still pretty much in tact after all these years. There is a very interesting Viking Museum located here. It takes about ... Read More
This was an interesting stop. We learned a lot about the Vikings & the Hanseatic League. The wall around Visby is still pretty much in tact after all these years. There is a very interesting Viking Museum located here. It takes about 15 mins. (easy walk) to get to the town from where Oceania Nautica docked. We were there on a Sunday, so the stores were closed. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Fortunately, weather was excellent and Nautica docked in Visby rather than tendered as we expected. Another independent tour arranged through our Cruise Critic roll call group. Very good walking tour with lots of history, personal ... Read More
Fortunately, weather was excellent and Nautica docked in Visby rather than tendered as we expected. Another independent tour arranged through our Cruise Critic roll call group. Very good walking tour with lots of history, personal experiences and yarns along the way. An easy stroll to and from the ship to the town centre. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Just wandered into town on our own. Beautiful area! I was exhausted by this point in our trip and thought about staying on the ship but I'm so glad I didn't!
Just wandered into town on our own. Beautiful area! I was exhausted by this point in our trip and thought about staying on the ship but I'm so glad I didn't! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2014
VISBY: Our visit to Visby, on the Swedish island of Gotland, was shortened by immigration procedures on the ship. Each passenger must appear passport in hand at the dining room according to a pre-assigned sequence, which favors ship’s ... Read More
VISBY: Our visit to Visby, on the Swedish island of Gotland, was shortened by immigration procedures on the ship. Each passenger must appear passport in hand at the dining room according to a pre-assigned sequence, which favors ship’s tours and upper decks. After clearing immigration (why Sweden cares about departing visitors is not apparent but no further review was needed at disembarkation in Harwich), one receives a tender ticket and waits until that ticket number is called. The last group tenders ashore around 11am. Once on shore, it is pleasant to walk a large circle clockwise through the old town, which was the wealthiest Hansa League member in the 1300s and now is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following the shoreline northwest one reaches the botanic Garden, then northeast to the city walls, then east along the cliff through the narrow streets overlooking St. Mary’s Dome Church, then down to the City Hall and Square, where the tourist office is located (one can walk this in reverse if one wants to stop by the TI for a map first).The tourist office offers a free (tips expected at the end) tour at 11am with Aiden McFarland, a former teacher. These fill up when a ship is in port, so go to their website and reserve a spot in advance. The wealthy history of the island and town is surprising, and the old buildings are well preserved. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
Didn't get to see it as combined sea and wind too much for tenders - few white tops visible from cruise ship. Just want people to be aware that this can happen to lessen their disappointment.
Didn't get to see it as combined sea and wind too much for tenders - few white tops visible from cruise ship. Just want people to be aware that this can happen to lessen their disappointment. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2012
Since we had a nice sunny day for Visby, it was a nice town to just enjoy a leisurely stroll through the cute, well-maintained town of cobblestone streets. This was the only port that required tendering. So, all passengers taking tours ... Read More
Since we had a nice sunny day for Visby, it was a nice town to just enjoy a leisurely stroll through the cute, well-maintained town of cobblestone streets. This was the only port that required tendering. So, all passengers taking tours were tendered ashore first. About 8:30, an announcement was made to say that the tours were gone and very few people were waiting for tenders, so that was a good time to leave the ship. We had to go to the Marina Lounge to pick up a tender ticket and waited just a few minutes for our number to be called. The sea was somewhat choppy and the small tender was rocking a bit, but crew members helped and it was easy to step aboard. Once the boat started moving,the choppiness was less noticeable. It took about 10 minutes to get to the shore. There were no particular sights of interest, but just a pleasant town to browse the shops and stroll. We stopped at a bar and enjoyed outside seating with a couple of beers, which turned out to be quite expensive at 30 euros. The establishment accepted both euros and kronor. We had located a bank and had exchanged some currency, but the bank was not very convenient. It was a rather long walk through the scenic part of town to the more local retail section. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2012
A relaxing day to walk ashore and see this old walled city. Check out the nice botanical garden, walk to the top of the hill next to the big church for a good view and just relax today - your feet need the rest! This port is tendered.
A relaxing day to walk ashore and see this old walled city. Check out the nice botanical garden, walk to the top of the hill next to the big church for a good view and just relax today - your feet need the rest! This port is tendered. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We had a lovely day in Visby.This is a tender port and Vision of Seas uses her own lifeboats for this process.It was an adventure in itself.The sea was choppy and it was like being on a rollercoaster until we got into the harbour walls. ... Read More
We had a lovely day in Visby.This is a tender port and Vision of Seas uses her own lifeboats for this process.It was an adventure in itself.The sea was choppy and it was like being on a rollercoaster until we got into the harbour walls. We walked for about 5 minutes when we got off the tender and took a bus to Kneippbyn which is 4 km from Visby.It is not Disneyland but it has a few rides and go karts and pedaloes and canoes.One of our reasons for visiting here is that it has the original house from the Pippi Longstocking Movie which was filmed on the island.There was also a singing and dancing show with Pippi and Kling and Klang.It was all in Swedish but it was lovely.There is also a small water park which is good for all ages.There were no queues to go on anything and our children loved it here.We took pool towels from the ship.We took the bus back to the top of the old town.It goes on to the Port as well.We wandered downhill through the old medieval town back to the port.Its a lovely place.There was a big market in the middle of the square and lots of places to eat.The tender back was livelier than the morning one and a wave crashed in and soaked us.I was wet all the way through and was glad this hadn't happened in the morning. My children have asked if we can go back to Visby for a family holiday and I can see why Gotland is such a popular destination for the Swedes.It is unspoilt.The Swedish people are very relaxed and polite and they all speak fluent English. Read Less

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